Document ReferenceBu 9/5
TitleLetter from J. Drummond-Hay, Tangier, Morocco, to A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain; 2 Feb 1859.
Date2 February 1859
Extent16 ff
Content DescriptionReports that he has visited Don Juan Blanco and discussed the obsolete claims being made by Spain on the Moroccan tribes; popular opinion in Spain is strongly in favour of a war with Morocco; O'Donnell was compelled to press Spanish claims because of this; he has told Don Juan that he could not recommend the Sultan to settle the matter as the claims were unfair; discusses the position of the Sultan and the Reefians [Rifs] in relation to Spain; states that he has always given the Sultan neutral advice; had mentioned the tense situation created by both the Rifs and the Spanish taking prisoners to Don Juan; Spain was refusing to consider an exchange; Mr Collantes of the Spanish Government had not given instructions to Don Juan to communicate with him so the information must be confidential.

A local chief, Alhadj Allah was attempting to secure the liberation of the Spaniards; he was also gathering intelligence in Tetuan and would report back a week later.
TermMoroccan affairs, 'Moroccan Question'

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6257Blanco; Juan (fl 1858-1861); Donfl 1858-1861
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA6302Muhammad IV (d 1873); Sultan of Morocco; ( succeeded 1859)d 1873
NA6225Hay; John Hay Drummond- (1816-1893); Sir; diplomat1816-1893
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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